High school backed by Joe Ricketts will open this fall in Bellevue

A high school with ties to a billionaire philanthropist will open this fall in Bellevue. The NGL Academy will begin accepting applications Thursday for its inaugural class of about 15 ninth-graders. The school, which will operate on the campus of Bellevue University, is aimed at lower-income students.

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Sprawling religious retreat along the Platte to open in summer 2018

A jaunt down Fishery Road, a windy, gravel side street near the Platte River, affords views of tall trees, rolling hills and Interstate 80 — and not much else. But beyond the “no trespassing” signs lining the road, work is well underway on the sprawling religious retreat being built by billionaire Joe Ricketts.

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Ricketts Has Winning Month With Chicago Cubs, Trump

Billionaire Joe Ricketts scored big victories in two of the most dramatic contests in the U.S. this month, backing Donald Trump’s presidential victory a week after watching his family’s baseball team win their first World Series in more than a century.

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Conservationists hope to bring beloved bird back

The common loon’s haunting wail that pierced the dusk on Massachusetts lakes disappeared long ago. Today, the birds number fewer than 50 pairs in the Bay State and conservationists are hoping to rebuild their population, starting with a handful of chicks from Maine and New York…

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